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Studying the Bible should be a meaningful endeavor that gets you closer to God and helps you understand the meaning of his words. Understanding every passage you read and the meaning it holds for your life can be quite a challenge, however. Rest assured that God has a message for your life with every passage and in every scripture, but it is your job to study the Bible and determine this meaning for yourself.
Bible Study Methods Studying the Bible should be a meaningful endeavor that gets you closer to God and helps you understand the meaning of his words. Understanding every passage you read and the meaning it holds for your life can be quite a challenge, however. Rest assured that God has a message for your life with every passage and in every scripture, but it is your job to study the Bible and determine this meaning for yourself. There are many Bible study methods you can use to uncover God’s message to you, find the meaning in his word, and relate it to your life. Here are some tips on developing a method that will work for you. You should read passages and chapters systematically in order to uncover the entire meaning of God’s word as it applies to you. It is easier to study the bible when you build on lessons and allow them to uncover their meaning and build on each other. It can help to put yourself in the passage you are reading in order to understand its message. Imagine yourself in the same situation and think about how it would feel to be there and how you would react to the words being said. Putting each passage in your own words is also a great way to understand the message in it. A good Bible study method is to paraphrase each passage by restating it your own words. When you use simple and familiar language it will help you to understand the message contained in the passage. Writing down your thoughts is another good way to discover the message contained in each passage. Write down your insights and what reflections you have from each passage and create a way to apply these insights into your own life. You can also carry your favorite verse with you on an index card or small paper so that you can read it occasionally throughout the day to remind yourself what lesson you are trying to apply to your life. This method will help you to remember passages and the message contained in them There are many Bible study methods that you can use to uncover the messages of the Bible and help related them to your life. Always try to set aside some time each day to read a passage or chapter and always read with the goal of finding the message and relating it to your life. AUTHOR: Pastor Andy Deane Andy serves as an associate pastor at Calvary Chapel Old Bridge in central New Jersey. In 2009 he published his first book, Learn to Study the Bible: Forty Different Step-By-Step Methods to Help You Discover, Apply and Enjoy God's Word. His greatest desire is to equip and inspire God's people to dig into the Scriptures and begin comprehending and applying the richness of His Word into their daily lives. Please visit the following websites for more information: www.biblestudymethods.net/ and www.how-to-study-the-bible.net/
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